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Domestic Students Admissions

Strict requirements are bold faced.

GPA Requirements

Admission requires a 3.0 GPA in the upper-division Computer Science courses and at least a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester units (or last 90 quarter units) attempted. 

GRE Requirements

The general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants.  The institution code is 4155.  The Department Code is 0402. 

Minimum GRE Scores required are: 

  • Verbal 143
  • Quantitative 155
  • Analytical Writing 3.5

Students with a 3.0 Analytical Writing but satisfy other admission criteria may be conditionally admitted and must satisfy the GWAR requirement within the first year of study. Additional information on GWAR.

Courses needed to make up undergraduate deficiencies: 

  • CS 311 Data Structures -- You must have passed this class before starting the Master's degree.
  • CS 331 Computer Architecture
  • CS 351 Programming Languages
  • CS 421 Theory of Computing
  • CS 433 Operating Systems
  • CS 441 Software Engineering 
  • MATH 270 Discrete Mathematics

If you have 3 courses or less missing, you may be admitted as Conditionally Classified.  Upon completion of the remaining units, your status will change to Classified.  If you are missing more than 3 courses, you cannot be admitted into the program.  

Missing course work can be taken through Open University or at another college. Suggested track to complete missing coursework. For course descriptions, please see the CSUSM Course Catalog

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